Country Driving

Country Driving

A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory

eBook - 2010
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"Hessler has a marvelous sense of the intonations and gestures that give life to the moment." --The New York Times Book Review

From Peter Hessler, the New York Times bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town, comes Country Driving, the third and final book in his award-winning China trilogy. Country Driving addresses the human side of the economic revolution in China, focusing on economics and development, and shows how the auto boom helps China shift from rural to urban, from farming to business.

Publisher: [New York] : PerfectBound, 2010.
ISBN: 9780061969430
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 electronic text.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 03, 2018

What a beautiful journey and a pleasure to read. You get lost in the adventure so easily, following the narrator throughout his experiences during this specific time and place. Like an adventure through a specific time and place, one that is in incredible transition, this is a way to get inside the culture of China. With such a huge country, and with such dynamic changes, the small experiences interacting with random individuals, neighbors, customer service workers, and workers everywhere generally, it is a delight to catch a little understanding of how life works here; at least in the early 21st century, in the big and small cities, towns, neighborhoods, villages, and roadways traveled.

One of the best travel narratives I've ever read. Especially about a place in which I wasn't interested or educated about, and now I am.

Sep 25, 2014

Peter Hessler, an American journalist with extensive China experience, writes about the good, the bad, and the ridiculous in modern-day China. He writes well, and the book is entertaining. I find it is an easier read than "Oracle Bones". I enjoyed it greatly.

Jan 30, 2014

What a wonderful book. An adventurous journalist's travels through the vastness of a rapidly changing and industrializing China and his experiences living in a small village.

Jul 11, 2012

I read this non-fiction title for my book club's April pick. The author travels all over China: along the Great Wall touching into Mongolia and Tibet, as well as around Beijing (settling in a small village named Sancha) and then to the south visiting factory towns. The first part of the book chronicles the Great Wall trips which really drew me into the writer's journey and it was easy to keep following him to the other places. Hessler's writing is very readable and flows easily between descriptions of beautiful landscape to business facts about China. The people he grows close to in these years come alive in his words and it added a very personal touch to the outer more national concerns he talks about. I did not know that much about contemporary China so I feel like I learned a lot while having a very nice reading experience. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in China. I might check out his other books as well, Oracle Bones and River Town, which are also about his travels in China.

Sep 26, 2011

Well written. But, I found the story line a bit stretched after page 45.....
have a glass of wine handy !

debwalker Dec 14, 2010

"In this travelogue/memoir/econ lesson, Hessler begins with an epic road trip across China, following the Great Wall, then he lives for a while in a mountain village. The final section focuses on a small factory town. Through the everyday lives of individuals, Hessler gives us a fascinating portrait of an ancient country hurtling into the 21st century, informed by his trademark wit and insight."
Top 10 Books of 2010: Robin Lenz

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